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Tag Archives: ad orientem
“Do you really think you should be doing that?” Regarding the St. Peter’s Suppression. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
Robert Royal has written eloquently about the cruel and blinkered Saint Peter’s Suppression (SPS) at The Catholic Thing. An excerpt: [I]t reflects yet another instance of the Church – or at least some high-placed officials in the Vatican – reducing … Read More →
Also at the National Catholic Register (that’s the Catholic paper, not to be confused with the National Schismatic Reporter aka Fishwrap) you will find an English translation of the interview with Robert Card. Sarah with Il Foglio. I urge you … Read More →
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently attended my first ad orientem mass. It was an English Novus Ordo mass. One of the reasons given for the ad orientem orientation is that it better draws the distinction between the dialogues where … Read More →
In contrast to the pure stupid coming up in COVID-1984 time, there are bright spots. I was directed to a blog post by a priest, Fr. Joseph Faulkner of St. Wenceslaus in (I love this name) Wahoo, Nebraska. I have … Read More →
Today is the 100th Birthday of the late Pope St. John Paul II. Recently Pope Benedict XVI wrote a letter to the Church of Poland in honor of this anniversary. In the letter he seemed to have argued in favor … Read More →
@BoiseBishop goes to the liturgical zoo. Attempts to forbid “ad orientem” worship, kneeling for Communion, etc.
I am at a point where I can react now, in a measured way, to the astonishing chutzpah of Bp. Peter Christensen of the Diocese of Boise since 2014. Some time back he told priests of that diocese that they … Read More →
“[A] common turning to the east during the Eucharistic Prayer remains essential. This is not a case of something accidental, but of what is essential. Looking at the priest has no importance. What matters is looking together at the Lord. … Read More →
Yesterday, I commented on the smarmy piece at Fishwrap against ad orientem worship and against Bp. Morlino and Bp. Wall. “An another thing!”, as the saying goes. Consider this. If your life is centered on Christ, you would more than likely … Read More →
Each day I get up, and after prayers, say within myself, “What fresh and stupid hell awaits me today?” The Fishwrap often answers that question, as it did this morning. Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) has targeted Bp. James Wall … Read More →
I don’t know about you, but I needed some good news. Here’s some good news. His Excellency Most Rev. James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup, on 22 July, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, issued a letter to the people of … Read More →
The rubrics of the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum and the tradition of many centuries have the priest at the altar facing liturgical East. That is to say, as he celebrates Holy Mass with a congregation present, there are moments when … Read More →
From an old friend of mine in my native place, Fr Tom Dufner, a great priest. We’ve been doing ad orientem at daily Mass on and off for a few months. We’ve put several articles in the bulletin to prepare the … Read More →
The other day I visited the chapel of an important Marian apparition. There were many pilgrims including groups of young people. A worker nun breezily made a sort of bow to the Blessed Sacrament as she passed before the tabernacle. … Read More →
At The Catholic Thing, Anthony Esolen has again posted a clear-eyed piece about effeminacy in the Church. Here’s a foray into his piece: Vesting in Lavender Do you remember a time, readers, when you could spend a whole day, actually … Read More →
Not long ago, Robert Card. Sarah penned a preface for a recent book (HERE) about Communion in the hand. The Cardinal Prefect of the CDW argues that various forces and practices have diminished faith in the Eucharist. Some of those … Read More →
From a reader… Dear Father, I been trying to find and answer to a question about Ad Orientem worship facing west. Is it licit? Can churches hampered by modern architecture still worship Ad Orientem? Thanks in advance. From the earliest days, and … Read More →
You long time readers might remember that I posted photos of a “table” altar being hauled by some men out of a church and over the the rectory. That was in 2013. Five years ago. That’s when St. Mary’s in … Read More →
This afternoon there is to be a Solemn Mass at the beautiful and massive St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago (NB: at the time of this writing, their website comes up with music… grrrr). They are celebrating their 150th year. They … Read More →
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Father. I recently asked my Pastor if he would ever celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass ad orientem. He replied that a dispensation is required from our Bishop. I’ve never heard such a thing. Could this be … Read More →
A while back I posted about the first TLM celebrated in decades at a famous North Side Chicago Church, St. Stanislaw Kostka. HERE Now I’ve received additional good news about that same church. They will have ad orientem worship beginning in … Read More →